noun Etymology: reduplication of Scots & English dialect argy, alteration of argue Date: 1887 chiefly British a lively discussion ; argument, dispute

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  • argy-bargy — [är′gē bär′gē] n. [earlier dial. argle bargle, redupl. alteration (? after HAGGLE) < ARGUE + BARGAIN] [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] argument; squabble …   English World dictionary

  • argy-bargy — n. & v. joc. n. (pl. ies) a dispute or wrangle. v.intr. ( ies, ied) quarrel, esp. loudly. Etymology: orig. Sc. * * * argy bargy [argy bargy argy bargies argy bargied argy bargying] [ˌɑːdʒi ˈbɑːdʒi] …   Useful english dictionary

  • argy-bargy — 1. noun A verbal argument. There was a bit of an argy bargy over the matter. 2. verb To argue. Ten minutes at the least did she stand at the door argy bargying with that man …   Wiktionary

  • argy-bargy — ar|gy bar|gy [ˌa:dʒi ˈba:dʒi US ˌa:rdʒi ˈba:r ] n [U] BrE informal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: argument] noisy arguments or quarrelling ▪ Jones was sent off after a bit of argy bargy with other players …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • argy-bargy — British, informal loud arguments. Did you hear all that argy bargy outside the Kingston Arms last night? …   New idioms dictionary

  • argy-bargy — /ˌadʒi ˈbadʒi/ (say .ahjee bahjee) Colloquial –noun 1. argumentative talk; wrangling; disputation. –verb (i) (argy bargied, argy bargying) 2. to wrangle; argue tediously; bandy words. Also, argie bargie, argle bargle …   Australian English dictionary

  • argy-bargy — /ahr gee bahr gee/, n., pl. argy bargies. Chiefly Brit. a vigorous discussion or dispute. [1595 1605; see ARGLE BARGLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • argy-bargy — [ˌα:dʒɪ bα:dʒi, ˌα:gɪ bα:gi] noun (plural argy bargies) informal, chiefly Brit. noisy quarrelling. Origin C19: rhyming jingle based on argue …   English new terms dictionary

  • Argy bargy — tedious; argumentative …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • argy bargy — Australian Slang tedious; argumentative …   English dialects glossary

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